• October
  • 17
  • 2018
  • Dan Boedigheimer

Rick Miller walked into the loosely organized university flight school fresh out of the Air Force just hired as the new Chief Flight Instructor. We had 30 young flight instructors going in 31 different directions. Rick spoke of creating SOPs, Edward Deming's Total Quality Management points, and was an early...


  • October
  • 11
  • 2018
  • Dan Boedigheimer

Defining Normalization Of Excellence This year's theme of the Bombardier Safety Standdown is the Normalization of Excellence. How do you define Normalization of Excellence?  Tony Kern, in his article The Normalization of Excellence Sounds cool – what is it?, says the definition may not be commonly understood and one goal for...


  • October
  • 09
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

As Socrates stood at the front of his class trying to teach the next generation, I'm sure Plato did something that made his teacher shake his head in frustration. Maybe Plato stayed out too late the night before, partying with Aristotle and other philosophers. I'm sure Plato told Socrates at...


  • October
  • 01
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Most business aviation pilots have DUATs in their past. Introduced in 1989, it was the FAA's first attempt at automated flight information services. Gone are the 297 Flight Service Stations and the days of in-person weather briefings; however, Flight Service has always been the mainstay of aviation services. Leidos Pilot...


  • September
  • 21
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

The nature of aviation is that it's constantly changing. The FAA is rearranging its website, moved some key pieces of information, and didn't leave a breadcrumb trail for you. One of the handy web links used by Business Aviation pilots operating international flights changed locations and even if you Google...


  • September
  • 18
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Standard Phraseology Methods of aviation communication are constantly changing. Clear, concise communication is the basis of aviation safety. One letter, one number, one wrong readback can be the difference between life and death. It is one the most important elements when flying in controlled airspace, yet how can clear communication...


  • September
  • 11
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

It's -14 degrees F outside, but it's not cold enough to keep the phone from ringing at 0200. "Hello?" "Hey captain, we have to get a heart and lung transplant medical team from Flying Cloud to Aberdeen, right now. A young, healthy snowmobiler was drinking and driving and there is...


  • September
  • 04
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

In Part I of the High Altitude Environment article, we talked about Aviation Medicine and Long-term Effects of Atmospheric Changes on pilot health. Long-term Tracking of Pilot Health When a pilot has a medical issue, they don't usually go to their flight physician. Flight physicians have the power to take...


  • August
  • 30
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

Aviation Medicine Since I was going to be nearby for flight simulator training, my chief pilot wanted me to go to the high-altitude chamber training on the other end of town. I'd never been in one, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to purposely starve my brain...


  • August
  • 27
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Business aviation/corporate pilots are notorious kleptomaniacs. They really don't have to steal the swag or aviation promotional merchandise, but they still have the "recurrent inability to resist urges to take items that you generally don't need and that usually have little value" ... to someone else. but, to a pilot, aviation...


  • August
  • 22
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

No Need To Remove Your Clothes TSA x-ray technology can see through them! Security is in the headlines again as a TSA working group is considering ending screening at more than 150 small and medium sized airports. The proposal has triggered conversation and the overwhelming response is that security is...


  • August
  • 07
  • 2018
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Aviation has so many acronyms, it's often difficult to know if SEBENA or CPDLC is a noun or a verb. The lingo gives the appearance of being complicated and helps keep aviation consultants busy, but one acronym that the Business Aviation world has agreed upon is simple: IS-BAO. The International...


  • August
  • 02
  • 2018
  • Chris Tranbarger

Having recently read an industry publication discussing complacency in cockpit operations, I took some time to discuss the subject with a few of my counterparts and reflect on how to recognize it and combat it. Thinking I know what complacency means to me, I nonetheless gave consideration to what the...


  • July
  • 31
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

There is a tipping point. In that moment, when a passenger with a strong financial portfolio makes the decision to buy, charter, join a membership, or fraction of a corporate aircraft, there are factors to push that decision, and they aren't always obvious. When a passenger has the power to...


  • July
  • 26
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

There is a tipping point. In that moment, when a passenger with a strong financial portfolio makes the decision to buy, charter, join a membership, or fraction of a corporate aircraft, there are factors to push that decision, and they aren’t always obvious. When a passenger has the power to...


  • July
  • 24
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

There is a tipping point. In that moment, when a passenger with a strong financial portfolio makes the decision to buy, charter, join a membership, or fraction of a corporate aircraft, there are factors to push that decision, and they aren’t always obvious. When a passenger has the power to...


  • July
  • 19
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

Does your flight department have/want Ops Spec C056 authorization or a Letter of Authorization to conduct Controller Pilot Data Link Communications? Last December, the FAA released Notice 8900.446 stating operators with current authorization for use of CPDLC would be required to apply for a revised A056 authorization by March 29,...


  • July
  • 17
  • 2018
  • Erika Armstrong

Business Aviation pilots have to wait, a lot. A four-hour flight can be filled with bad weather, ATC, and mechanical challenges, followed by four long, boring days on a layover, waiting for passengers. Back at home base, pilots wait to hear when the MELs will be cleared, wait to hear...


  • April
  • 23
  • 2018
  • Jim Weaver

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), aka the Standard, has been streamlined and modernized in 2018. The International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) IS-BAO team went on a listening tour to gather feedback from operators and auditors. The IS-BAO Standards Board produced a significant revision based on the feedback...


  • April
  • 16
  • 2018
  • Jared VanLue

Security. We say it. We follow procedures for it. We train and test on it. As we pass more than 15 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the sands of time have begun to blur our perceived need for aviation security. I admit I fall into that way of...


  • April
  • 09
  • 2018
  • Chris Tranbarger

Regardless of your vocation, it’s highly likely you must rely on certain tools to accomplish your objectives and get the job done. In a literal sense, a carpenter uses numerous different tools to build and construct a project such as a hammer, saw, drill, etc. In a broader sense, a...


  • March
  • 27
  • 2018
  • Sheila Wallace

Unlike other industries that require drug and alcohol testing, most pilots rarely go into the office. So, while on a trip, who is the supervisor that will report the appearance, behavior, speech, and smell that are usually associated with drug or alcohol use? The company cannot require testing based on...


  • March
  • 12
  • 2018
  • Anna Kozak

The FAA has issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 90-66B on operating procedures at non-tower airports. This draft is the first revision to the AC since 1993 and contains many changes, including controlled airports when towers are not in operation and drone operation. Drones do not require authorization to operate at...


  • March
  • 04
  • 2018
  • Anna Kozak

The initial results are in for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017. The rankings for OSHA's Top 10 most cited violations vary little (some change in order) from year to year; however, violation number nine Fall Protection, Training...


  • February
  • 15
  • 2018
  • Greg Lamb

'Simple' is probably not a word you would associate with a government website, but get ready for a brave new world, at least when it comes to the State Department website and travel information. New improvements at travel.state.gov are in the works to make it easier to find and interpret...



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